A unique new product - poised to launch at Interplas tomorrow - is set to minimise the costs associated with manufacturing to GMP air standards.
Modular cleanroom specialist, Connect 2 Cleanrooms, will unveil the HEPA-lite – a mobile, adjustable cleanroom unit which can be fitted at mission-critical elements of the manufacturing process line.
HEPA-lite is said to provide localised filtered air to protect processes from contamination, without the need to enclose the entire machine set-up within a cleanroom environment.
The modular system is designed with the ultimate flexibility in mind, says Connect2Cleanrooms. Low, braked castors and angle-adjustable legs make the product easy to slide under machinery and the C-frame itself is built bespoke to requirements. Its minimal footprint makes it ideal for workspaces where space is at a premium.
Managing director of Connect 2 Cleanrooms, Joe Govier, explained the reasons behind the creation of HEPA-lite.
“Currently there are huge cost implications for manufacturers wanting to take on contracts that require ISO 14644-1 standards or a Class 5-9 environment,” he explained. “Our UK-based product development team has designed a product which will make this type of work available to firms for a greatly reduced initial outlay and in a much faster timescale.
“HEPA-lite is economical, adaptable and efficient. It effectively maintains the quality of air at points where the product is exposed, negating the need for the entire production line to be fully enclosed within a cleanroom.”
The product is said to be ideal for use on injection moulding machines, for example protecting the mould area, and can be adapted for use on conveyor systems and process and flow lines. It is expected to be particularly attractive to manufactures in healthcare, pharmaceutical and food sectors, for both product and packaging.
Being mobile, HEPA-lite is also said to be easy to manoeuver, making it simple to perform cleaning, tool changes or to carry out maintenance on the machinery. The product features integrated LED lighting and a digital pressure differential transmitter with digital output. This enables the manufacturer to specify upper and lower thresholds for air pressure requirements and triggers an audible and visual warning alarm, should pressure vary outside these parameters.
HEPA-lite can also be customised to suit manufacturers’ individual needs. Side panel options are available, with either a softwall curtain or clear acrylic hardwall, and the product can be supplied with the customer’s branding.
“We are very much looking forward to demonstrating HEPA-lite to visitors at Interplas. It is a product we are extremely proud of and one which we believe will be of enormous benefit to many companies,” Govier added.
Connect 2 Cleanrooms’Operations Manager, Darren Brackwell, will deliver a seminar at the exhibition in the Medical Plastics session, entitled The Secret of Delivering Competitive Advantage Through Process Control, at 1.30pm on Wednesday 1st October.
Connect 2 Cleanrooms – Stand D81